The Sauzet parcel of Champ Gain sits by Truffière and Folatières. It is a sheltered spot and a naturally warm location which is evident in this wine’s ripe fruit flavours of white peaches and apricots. In the palate it is opulent with hints of toffee and Jersey cream. Irresistible.
The 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Gain offers crisp Granny Smith apples and dewy pasture scents on the nose, reserved at first but opening nicely in the glass. The palate is fresh and crisp with a pleasant fatness in the mouth. It is a Champs Gain laden with both weight and presence, hints of walnut and spice towards the finish that like the La Garenne, just needs a little more energy and tension to evolve. Drink Date 2018 - 2028
Etienne Sauzet is one of the great estates of Puligny Montrachet, taking its name from current incumbent Emilie Riffault's great grandfather who founded this domaine in the early 1900s. It boasts 15 hecatres of vineyards, comprising four white grands crus in Puligny and Chassagne and nine premiers crus. Today, under Emilie and husband Benoit's direction, their owned vineyards are fully biodynamic and they are one of the flag bearers for the appellation of Puligny.
Puligny Montrachet is known as the most delicate of the white wine appellations south of Beaune.Its wines tend to be linear and mineral offering delicate floral and orchard fruit aromatics. Its village and premier cru vineyard area total slightly over 200 hectares but almost half of them are premier cru making them one of the highest proportions of quality vineyards in the Côte de Beaune. Several grand cru vineyards are present, the most notable being Le Montrachet and Bâtard Montrachetwhich it shares with neighbouring Chassagne, but it does have the extraordinary Chevalier Montrachet and the tiny Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet all to itself. There are a handful of red wines grown, but they tend to be quite light and need to be drunk in their youth.